Caregiver burden and relationship satisfaction in ASD-NT relationships

Naomi Millar-Powell*, Wayne A. Warburton

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    While some people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are unable to live independent lives, others can, and they often develop romantic relationships. Couplings where one partner has ASD and the other does not (ASD-neurotypical [NT] relationships) were the focus of this mixed-methods study. Relationship satisfaction was lower among NT participants than those with ASD. Caregiver burden was comparatively high and negatively related to relationship satisfaction. Key themes identified in the qualitative analysis include caregiver burden, loneliness, and self-care within ASD-NT relationships. These findings have clinical implications for helping professionals and people engaged in ASD-NT relationships, and highlight the need for support to assist these couplings maintain satisfying relationships.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere15
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Relationships Research
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


    • autism spectrum disorder
    • caregiver burden
    • ASD-NT relationships
    • relationship satisfaction


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